Written by Semanur Tanas and Zuhal Unal

The Australian Relief Organisation (ARO) recent local projects include providing appreciation lunches, face masks and cakes as part of the COVID-19 Relief Campaign, Ramadan for Everyone food pack campaign and the Orphan Gift Campaign.

ARO was established in 2012 as a non-profit and non-government organisation advocating for serving humanity to develop a better world, through its involvement in delivering humanitarian aid.

Its volunteer teams in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne visited front-line essential workers such as hospital and school staff for all the hard work that they altruistically engaged in during these unprecedented times.

ARO also provided support for transport officers who are an integral part of the front-line community required to work and transport essential workers.

ARO volunteers visited Wollongong and Waverly Bus Depots to deliver face masks and cakes as a way of thanking transport providers and lifting their morale.

Jason Pracy from Waverly Bus Depot provided a most motivational statement, “It’s little things like that I appreciate the most as a driver.”

During the blessed last ten days of Ramadan, ARO launched a charity campaign titled ‘200 Gifts for 200 Orphans, in order to fundraise Eid gifts for orphans overseas. The campaign exceeded its target of five thousand dollars and was able to provide Eid toys for kids in both Africa and Cambodia.

ARO wishes to thank the generous donors from Uniqlo who provided 28,000 face masks, The Cake Merchant for providing delicious cakes, Gozleme4U for providing the ready meal packs, A OK Cleaning Services for cleaning products and national and international volunteer teams as well as the general public for their  continued support and contributions.